Happy Birthday Ableton


I spend most of my music making time in front of Ableton Live. It’s stable and Session View lets me flesh out ideas before I head to arrange. Most importantly, once you spend time to learn the program it’s fun to use. Ableton has kicked off it’s 10 year birthday celebration. We are lucky because the Berliner’s seem to not know that on Birthday’s they get gifts not give them! But hey I’m not going to tell them. They are giving away 10 free Artist Live packs to any Live 8 owner. Go get them here: ableton.com/able10-artist-packs

“To celebrate our Able10 anniversary, we’re giving away 10 free, exclusive Live Packs from Ableton artists. Take a look inside these songs and sounds and see how these exceptional artists work their Live mojo.” – Ableton

But what if your late to the party and your still not sure if your the Ableton type of guy? Lucky for you there is now an inexpensive way into the club. The all new “Live Intro” is a not so shabby version of Live for $99. This is now my recommendation for anyone who asks me, “I’m starting to make music what should I use?”.

So what else is on tap for the party? Discounts on upgrades for current Live users and the geeks will be happy to know Max For Live will be out November 23. Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!

For more info: www.ableton.com

Adam Frank fake studio window


I’m building a new recording studio. For sound and security reasons I’m not putting in any windows. I have quiet mechanical mechanical ventilation installed to take care of my fresh air. To insure it’s not perpetual night inside the room I’ve chosen my lighting carefully. 3000K (Kelvin) T5 lamps are a good start to get the room a real daylight light. However, I am seriously considering the Reveal from Adam Frank to help trick my mind. It’s a projection that puts a fake window on your fall. I like the marketing hype for Reveal, “Multi-plane analog images create real depth of focus. Air currents through the projector create organic non-repeating movement in the trees. The lamp color closely mimics multi-spectrum sunlight.”. You can also choose a few different window and tree options. Maybe a projection of a cheering stadium of fans would be better?


“Reveal is a new type of ambient interior lighting. This product creates the impression of sunlight streaming through a window and onto an interior wall. A light breeze appears to move through trees in the cast image.” – adamfrank.com

Reveal is $380.00 USD. $50 for extra window/tree panels. For more info: adamfrank.com

LepLoop a tiny analog synth and sequencer



LepLoop is very small. It’s only a little large than the palm of your hand! It’s also a fully analog synthesizer and sequencer from Italy. I really like this concept so my fingers are crossed Tony will get this into at least a small production run.

“LepLoop It’s a small synth protype I’m developping with my friend Peppo. The idea was to have a compact live analog instrument. The circuit it’s an original design. The synth can produce 3/4 sound at the same time kick, noise hh, snare, bass, melody” – tonylight

For more info: http://tonylight-leploop.blogspot.com/

LaDiDa is Microsoft Songsmith for the iPhone.


LaDiDa is Microsoft Songsmith for the iPhone. It’s part amazing, part fun and part stupid. Here’s a song I made for my wife using LaDiDa:

Putz by thingstocome

“Julie is a putz. She drives me crazy she’s a putz. She’s got a black cat and he’s cool but Julie is a putz. She’s a putz. She’s a putz. She’s a putz. Yeah. She’s a putz. She’s a putz. She’s a putz. Yeah. She’s a putz. She’s a putz. She’s a putz. Yeah. She’s a putz. She’s a putz. She’s a putz. Yeah. Julie she drives me crazy because she’s a putz.” – Oliver Chesler

LaDiDa is $0.99: click here

Kammerl Audio Plug-ins with Strange Interfaces


Bored with regular GUIs? Recording a music video and need a studio shot with a computer in it? If you want something unique check out Kammerl Audio’s new VST plug-ins for Mac or PC. Pitch, Distortion, Scratcher, Slicer and Looper are ready to be installed. These are free from Germany. Go get em: www.kammerl.de/audio/

“I just discovered these frunny and usefull plugins I needed to share… Playing with it for a moment proves me that there’s some really usefull tools here!” – Miro Pajic

via Miro Pajic